Dr. Craig Mitton wins UBC Killam Teaching Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Craig Mitton who has won the UBC Killam Teaching Prize for 2014/5. UBC Killam Teaching Prizes are UBC’s most prestigious teaching awards. Adjudicated within each Faculty and recognized university-wide, the prizes are awarded annually in recognition of teaching excellence and achievement.

Dr. Craig Mitton

Dr. Craig Mitton

Dr. Mitton regularly receives exceptional teaching evaluations and is highly respected by both his peers and students. Passionate about health economics, he is able to spread that enthusiasm to SPPH students, to medical students at DPAS (Doctor, Patient and Society) sessions on “Value in Health Care”, and in his presentations on health economics to the Emergency Residents ‘NERD block’ (Novel Education in Research and Design).

Dr. Mitton is Director of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program, which recently undertook a curriculum refinement process under his leadership. He also led the development and implementation of a health economics concentration in the School’s MSc/PhD programs.

In 2012 he received SPPH’s CJG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

“Superb quality of teaching and an engaging style. We came away from this class with clear knowledge and the skills to apply it in real world settings. What a gift!” – student evaluation

“Craig has a gift for conveying rather complex topics in a clear, engaging way. The result was a truly motivated and educated class.” – student evaluation

“[Craig] uses a very simple and objective language and posture, engage students all the time, interacts smoothly and leads us with excellence even after hours in class. It was a great experience.” – student evaluation

“This was the most engaging presentation in NERD. I think he should present at Provincial Grand Rounds.” – presentation feedback

This is the fifth Killam Teaching Prize win in six years for a faculty member from the School of Population and Public Health, highlighting the faculty’s high calibre of teaching excellence. Dr. Jane Buxton won the award last year, with Dr. Mieke Koehoorn winning in 2012/3 and Dr. Karen Bartlett in 2011/2. Dr. Patricia Janssen received the prize in 2009/10.